By Gifty Amofa/Grace Princess Tarwo
Accra, Jan. 17, GNA - An Accra Circuit Court on Thursday granted bail in the sum of GH¢ 30,000.00 to Evans Ofosu Amoah, an accounts clerk over forgery.
The court directed that two persons who are gainfully employed are to stand as sureties for the accused.
He pleaded not guilty to forgery of documents and altering forged documents and would make his next appearance on February 14, 2019.
Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Man-Anit Sampana told the Court presided over by Mrs Ruby Naa Aryeetey that the accused person is an accounts clerk of a private company.
He said on December 14, 2015, one Patel Khodidas, an Indian and a business man registered his company, JSK Renewable Energy Limited at the Registrar Generals’ Department as a joint venture company with two other Indians and a Ghanaian as shareholders.
The Prosecution said the nature of the business was manufacturing of solid biomas.
DSP Sampana said Amoah was introduced to Khodidas by a fellow Indian as an auditor working with Edward Amfo Associate who could help him to register his company with Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC).
He said the accused person told him it would cost GH¢21,000.00 of which Khodidas paid and also gave his certificate issued by the Registrar General’s Department in addition to other documents to enable the accused register his company with the centre.
The Prosecution said after receiving the documents in the name of JSK Renewable Energy Limited with the other documents and the amount of GH¢ 21,000.00 the accused changed the documents to read J.S.K Renewable Energy, transport and logistics, clearing and forwarding company, a wholly Ghanaian owned company instead of JSK Renewable Energy Limited, a joint Venture company.
DSP Sampana said the accused person then paid GH¢ 1,050.00 as processing fee to GIPC instead of the GH¢21,000.00.
Prosecution said in the course of processing of the documents presented by the accused by GIPC, it was realised that the nature of the business as transport and logistics clearing and forwarding did not match that of the company’s name; JSK Renewable Energy Limited.
He said on June 22, 2016, the accused person was shown the discrepancies and advised to change the nature of business to match the name JSK Renewable Energy Limited.
He said the accused later re-presented a new set of documents to GIPC with a new name JSK Logistics limited with the same nature of business transport and logistics, clearing and forwarding and this was processed with GIPC certificate NO.CS756032015/Gh/0767 dated 27/6/17, the name of J.S.K Logistics Limited was issued to the accused person.
He said the accused person after receiving the GIPC certificate altered the name JSK Logistics to read JSK Renewable Energy Limited.
He said Amoah also changed the figures of the amount on the cover letter to GH¢21,000.00 from GH¢1,050.00, adding that the accused then framed the altered GIPC’s certificate and handed it to Khodidas together with the altered receipt.
Prosecution said on October 1, 2017, Khodidas submitted an application to GIPC for tax exemption and attached the GIPC’s certificate and other documents in his possession to the application.
During the processing of the tax exemption application, it was detected that copies of GIPC certificate attached had been falsified,
This development prompted GIPC to write to Registrar General’s Department to find out the authenticity of the company’s registration details of JSK Logistics.
Prosecution further said on January 11, 2018, the Registrar General’s Department replied that the said company; JSK logistics limited, did not exist in their database.
He said a report was made to the Police and accused person was arrested and arraigned.